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Africa in the news: Zimbabwe’s political crisis, new U.S.-Africa engagement, and African airlines’ restructuring and expansion

By Amy Copley Zimbabwean military takes control of state institutions Political tensions within Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party came to a head this week after months of factional infighting. In the early morning of Wednesday, the ...
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U.S. non-federal stakeholders starting to fill the leadership gap on the SDGs

By Anthony F. Pipa While the U.S. played an active and major role in creating and adopting the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the America First foreign policy of the Trump administration has called into question the value of global governance and deepened skepticism of United Nations edicts. This especially threatens one of the revolutionary tenets of the SDGs: universality, the application of the SDGs in every country no matter their level of...

Oh my: FL Dems demand ouster of Obama-Biden ally for “demeaning” women

A key Florida ally and big-time donor for Barack Obama and Joe Biden finds himself under pressure to exit as state Democratic chair — again. ...

Surprise: Kirsten Gillibrand has had a change of heart about Bill Clinton

A low, cynical politician even by the low, cynical standards of Washington. You may remember that Gillibrand inherited her Senate seat in New York from Hillary Clinton when Clinton resigned to become Obama’s Secretary of State. But there was a problem before Gillibrand was appointed to the vacancy: New York...

Al Franken, AC/DC and our changing times

Prepare yourself for a tale of Al Franken, AC/DC and the loss of the idea that we ever truly had an age of innocence. (You might want to grab a cup of coffee because this is a bit lengthy.) Of all the emerging stories of rape, sexual abuse and harassment coming out recently, I think the one that go...

Five takeaways on how technology has changed the American workforce

By Mark Muro, Sifan Liu Software is eating the world, goes the famous quip. So rapid are the developments, in fact, that while the “digitalization of everything” has become a hallmark of tech’s promise of individual and business empowerment, so has it begun to prompt anxiety, includ...

China to Christians: Worship your new messiah — or starve

When communist China creates cults of personality, they don’t fool around — and they don’t spare any expense, either. Catholic News Service reports that the governm...

Affleck: Y’know, its tough to tell Weinstein from all the other sleazy bullies in Hollywood

As he launches his promotional tour for Justice League, Ben Affleck tells NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on Today that he’s “really trying to open my eyes and hold myself accountable” in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. That’s a good idea, because it d...

On blue slips, Grassley pulls the trigger

(Scott Johnson) Yesterday was a bad day for Al Franken. In the morning Leeann Tweeden posted the photograph of the sexual assault of Franken on her along with the compelling first-person account of her mistreatment by Franken. That was a shot heard round the world. Then in the afternoon Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that he would not let Franken’s withheld blue slip bl...

Coup coup ca choo: Army allows Mugabe to make a public appearance?

When the Zimbabwean military took control of the broadcast outlets in Harare and seized control of four-decade dictator Robert Mugabe, it appeared to follow the standard coup d’etat playbook. Only by severing the idol from its cult of personality within the country could new leaders...

Strib editorial board: Maybe Franken should leave the Senate

Maybe? The Star Tribune editorial board takes Al Franken to the woodshed after getting accused of ...

Disgust

I am increasingly disgusted by those on the right who are supporting Judge Roy Moore.  It is not their support that disgusts me, but their constant trashing of the women who have come forward to accuse him.  At the same time they are supporting the women who were abused by Bill Clinton.  Clinton supporters treated these women like dirt.  Moore’s supporters are doing the same thing with these women. ...

Kirsten Gillibrand’s intellectual dishonesty [UPDATED]

(Paul Mirengoff) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who holds the seat formerly occupied by Hillary Clinton, said today that Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency after his inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky came to light. That’s mighty enlightened of her. But what took her so long to reach, or articulate, this view? The answer is, it took the fall of Cl...

Sexual Harassment Hall of Fame

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Seventh-Grader Wears ‘Fake News Network’ Shirt on CNN Field Trip

Seventh-Grader Wears ‘Fake News Network’ Shirt on CNN Field Trip: A Georgia seventh-grader recently wore an ‘FNN: Fake News Network’ on a school field trip to CNN network, and his teacher’s made him remove it. His parents Nancy (a city commissioner) and Stan Jester (a school board member) say that this was a violation of his First Amendme...

YES, VIRGINIA, IMMIGRATION IS TURNING THE COUNTRY BLUE

YES, VIRGINIA, IMMIGRATION IS TURNING THE COUNTRY BLUE: The inconvenient fact about Democrats’ recent electoral successes. ...

CNN Belittles Al Franken’s Accuser: ‘He was Just a Comedian’

CNN Belittles Franken’s Accuser: ‘He was Just a Comedian’: The Left has created a culture that demands all alleged victims of sexual abuse be believed no matter what and that the accused is guilty regardless of evidence. Unfortunately, they can’t even follow their own rules. ...

Over 260 Federal Harassment Settlements Since 1997

Over 260 Federal Harassment Settlements Since 1997: The Hill correspondent Reid Wilson tweeted some harrowing numbers from the last 20 years of harassment payments given from our elected leaders to their victims. Since 1997, there have been 264 settlements at an insane cost of over $17 million of taxpayer money. Wilson’s tweet includes the following chart with year-by-year breakdo...

Kristen Gillibrand’s intellectual dishonesty [UPDATED]

(Paul Mirengoff) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who holds the seat formerly occupied by Hillary Clinton, said today that Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency after his inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky came to light. That’s mighty enlightened of her. But what took her so long to reach, or articulate, this view? The answer is, it took the fall of Cl...

Kristen Gillibrand’s intellectual dishonesty

(Paul Mirengoff) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who holds the seat formerly occupied by Hillary Clinton, said today that Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency after his inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky came to light. That’s mighty enlightened of her. But what took her so long to reach, or articulate, this view? The answer is, it took the fall of Cl...